Rishikesh,Uttarakhand to promote itself as Medical tourism destination

To give a fillip to medical tourism on the lines of Kerala, Uttarakhandhealth department will develop Rishikesh into an Aarogya Nagar of Uttarakhand. This was disclosed by the officials of health department on the occasion of internationa yoga day after CM’s announcement.
As per the claims of health department’s top official, it is a very preliminary thought which was discussed with the health minister this week only however, they are determined to implement the project.
Citing it necessity one of the officials from health department said that there is vast scope in medical tourism hence implicating stringency is a must.
To start with the initiative, Rishikesh has been earmarked by the department as it is home to several thousand tourists thronging in from different parts of world.
Seeing the vast economic possibility and sensitivity of the sector, health minister of Uttarakhand, Surendera Singh Negi, said, “The prime objective of bringing medical tourism into an organized sector is this that tourists coming to our states are not cheated in any from as it leaves massive negative impacts on the minds of tourists and we cannot afford negative feedback from tourists. We don’t want the image of Uttarakahnd to decline, especially among tourists because they make for a strong part of our economy.”
Interestingly now starting from poor services to undue high payment for any kind of body or mind rejuvenation services, everything will now be under scanner of health department.
The minister added, “We will ensure that all the service providers from giving any kind of health (soul and body) are registered with health department and the fee structure for all the services remain similar all over the city. This to remove disparity and to ensure that tourists are given healthy and recognized services under the aegis of state government

Unfortunately, Rishikesh is home to several thousand spa, panchkarma and ayurvedic treatment centres however, not even health department is very sure of total number of such active centres running in the city.
Meanwhile, highlighting more about the initiative which might sound negative to the businessmen of Rishikesh, Dr. Neeraj Kherwal, said, “Now all these businessmen and doctors will have to work taking Clinical Establishment Act, 2010 into consideration, which means huge stringency. The entire project will run in very close coordination of all the departments. Also, we will certainly take opinion of locals of Rishikesh before executing any plan for the city as they are the prime stakeholders while we convert Rishikesh into first Aarogya Centre of Uttarakhand ”
Similarly, Tungnath, Lohaghat and Jageshwar in Uttarkhand will see Aarogya Centres on the lines of Rishikesh.

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